Tokyo’s Nakameguro district canceled its 34th annual cherry blossom festival in an effort to limit the spread of coronavirus in Japan.
If the outbreak progresses, it’s likely that the annual cherry blossom festivals that are typically held throughout the country between March and May will be toned down this year, if not entirely canceled. On February 25, Tokyo’s Nakameguro district announced it was canceling its 34th annual Nakameguro Cherry Blossom Festival, a traveler favorite that regularly appears on Instagram, due to coronavirus. The event was scheduled to take place between March 21 and April 8, 2020. So far, the Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival—another of Japan’s most popular cherry blossom events—is still scheduled to take place between April 23 and May 6, 2020. Other spring festivals, like Okinawa’s Azalea Festival in March, have also been canceled.
Organisers of Tokyo’s Nakameguro Cherry Blossom Festival said people could still enjoy the blooming trees that grow along public roads.